Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Health Law Supporters Sweeten The Name "Obamacare"

October 26, 2011 - As I compose these blogs, I often use the name “Obamacare.” I do not use “Obamacare” as a conservative put-down, but because it is less awkward than “Affordable Care Act,” less stuffy than PPACA, and more graphic than “the health reform law.”

As Shakespeare would say, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name smells as sweet.” Or as Gertrude Stein remarked, “ A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”

Here;s what Kaiser Health News has to say on use of the name “Obamacare.”

The campaign, which is based in Colorado, will highlight the law's benefits.

Denver Post: Yes, Please Call It "Obamacare," Say Supporters Of The Affordable Care Act

"Obamacare" is typically the put-down conservatives use to describe the Affordable Care Act signed into law by the president in 2010, and the moniker offends some people who favor the measure. But liberal groups in Colorado are now embracing the term, effectively saying conservatives may have shot themselves in the foot by making the health care reform law synonymous with President Obama's tenure in office (Hoover, 10/24)

The Hill: Health Care Reform Law's Backers Hope To Reclaim 'Obamacare' Label

Supporters of the health care reform law launched a new campaign Monday to reclaim the term "Obamacare" and highlight the law's benefits. Two Colorado-based groups created the website "thanks Obamacare," which outlines provisions such as the ban on insurers discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. There's also a "thanks, Obamacare" Twitter account (Baker, 10/24).

Tweet: Use of ehe name "Obamacare" to describe the health care law can be taken as a compliment rather than as an insult.

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